Frank L. Mars. One of
the most reliable and progressive members of the Creek County bar,
who stands high in professional ability and as a man of broad
business and financial judgment, is Frank L. Mars, of the firm of
Mars & Brown, at Sapulpa. He has not alone an excellent record as
a trial lawyer, but his constructive ability, as demonstrated by the
various organizations with which he has been identified, has won for
him a still higher place in the esteem and confidence of his clients.
Frank L. Mars was
born in Campbell County, Tennessee, July 19, 1872, and is a son of
Wellington R. and Elizabeth Young (Owens) Mars. His grandfather,
James Mars, was born in Ireland and was an early settler of Virginia,
from which state he moved to Eastern Tennessee and was a resident
there at the organization of Campbell County. A mason by trade, he
gradually developed into a leading contractor in brick and stone, and
in addition to erecting many fine buildings was also extensively
engaged in farming and stock raising, and had large agricultural
interests. He died in Campbell County at the age of eighty-four
years. Of his children, four grew to maturity: Wellington R., Lou,
Sarah and Patsie. Wellington R. Mars was born in Fincastle, Virginia,
in 1834, and was a child when taken by his parents to Tennessee.
There his subsequent life was passed in the pursuits of farming and
raising stock, his death occurring in 1877. He was a republican and a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Mars died in Tennessee, July 26, 1872.
After completing his
early education in the graded and high schools of his native
locality, Frank L. Mars entered the University of Tennessee for
special work. About the year 1892 he went to Missouri, where he
studied law in the University of Missouri, at Columbia, for two
years, and then further prepared himself by reading law in an office
at Carrollton. He likewise spent a short period at St. Louis, and In
1897 came to Sapulpa, Oklahoma, at that time a town of less than five
hundred population. For a time he practiced alone, but was
subsequently a member of the firm of Mars & Mars, and later of
Mars, Burke & Harrison, with which concerns he built up an
enviable reputation and a large professional business. In 1912 Mr.
Mars went to California, where he had large business interests, but
in the spring of 1915 returned to Sapulpa, where he has since been a
member of the firm of Mars & Brown, the concern specializing in
estates, land titles and corporation law.
Mr. Mars’ practice has covered a wide
range and he has personally represented a number of large interests
in important litigation in the Oklahoma courts–cases necessitating
the possession of an intuitive spirit of comprehension, innate
sagacity and great powers of persuasion. Aside from his profession,
Mr. Mars has numerous interests. In California, he is connected with
a number of corporations, including the Co-operative Loan
Association, the Miti-Liquid Company and the Pacific Specialty
Company, while in Creek County he has extensive farm holdings, on
which are to be found large oil producing properties. He is a
republican, but has not sought preferment in public life.
In 1907 Mr. Mars was
married to Miss Grace Inez Bolinger, of Brush, Colorado, and they
have had two children: Marguerite Geraldine, who is seven years old
and attending school; and Gertrude Franklin, who died in infancy.
Mrs. Mars is a lady of many accomplishments, a talented pianist and
vocalist and a leader in church and social circles. She has been
particularly active in the work of the Methodist Episcopal Church.